Charging the iPad 4 when planning a trip to America

Using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPad 4 with an American power outlet and how to power the iPad 4 using a 3 pin Type B power adapter.

American power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially for the first time traveller. This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the iPad 4 when you're visiting abroad.When you are planning a holiday to America this page contains useful instructions showing charging the iPad 4 by using their standard B or A type American 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, please note Type B plug outlets will be normally used by a majority of Americans. If your iPad 4 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to America from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your iPad 4 is dual voltage (usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad 4.

Charging the iPad 4 in America

Can you use the iPad 4 in America?

You can use the iPad 4 in America by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for the iPad 4 in America?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad 4 then the best travel charger for America to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of wall outlets that Americans use (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of iPad 4 is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your iPad 4 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for America

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both America and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting America.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting America.
What is the best power adapter for the iPad 4 in America?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an American power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Type A USB charger to charge your iPad 4 with an American power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your iPad 4 using the American power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - this USB cable is normally already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This unearthed power supply (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad is charging which should take roughly one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an American power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an American power outlet

Using a Lightning connector with a Type B USB charger to charge your iPad 4 with an American power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad 4 using the American power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], this USB cable is typically already included with the device by Apple.
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type B power outlet [6]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the short twin blades slide into with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad 4. The iPad 4 lightning connector is situated at the base of the iPad 4.
  4. Turn on the American power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad 4 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is recharging which takes between one-four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your iPad 4 from an American power outlet

See also

  1. https://www.visittheusa.co.uk/ - Visit The USA
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, costs under C$20.
  5. USB to Apple Lightning cable - The Apple Lightning cable is a charging and syncing cable for more recent Apple devices and connects compatible iPhones and iPads to a USB port, C$130-C$140.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet, priced at C$15-C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.